(Photo above courtesy of Harvey)
Today we’re speaking with Asia Harvey-Wright, who goes by Harvey, about their first steps practicing Buddhism after encountering the practice of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in 2020, during one of the darkest periods of their life.
This episode is all about the courage it takes to be open to one’s Buddhability. Harvey shares how, in the face of addiction and mental health challenges, they unearthed their own hope, creativity and desire to move forward.
1:35 How Harvey encountered Buddhism
4:45 What their initial experience of chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo was like
7:10 The struggles they were facing at the time
12:58 Initial steps they took to begin their practice
15:58 The difference they saw through chanting
22:30 A Buddhist concept that stuck with them
25:39 Their experience with the Buddhist community
27:55 How chanting is helping them navigate mental health challenges
34:21 Their goals for the future
36:58 Advice for anyone who is new to chanting
- Discussions on Youth, p. x
- Learning From the Writings: The Hope-filled Teachings of Nichiren Daishonin, p. 107
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